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    Posted: 07-April-2011 at 10:13AM
Taken from ChicagoSVT.com website
Making this a sticky topic for future reference.
 
 
 
Thanks to ShelbyGuy for posting!
(stolen from corner carvers)
Prefix

The first character indicates the decade of design:

A = 1940s (often omitted)
B = 1950s
C = 1960s
D = 1970s
E = 1980s
F = 1990s

The second character indicates the last digit of year of introduction or revision. The number remains the same until the part goes through a major revision. Example: All '87-'95 Mustang (exc. Cobra) cylinder heads have the same Service Part Number prefix (E7TE) aka Casting Number. Decipher the Date Code to indicate when the part was actually made.

The third character of the prefix indicates the product the part was originally designed for:

A = Ford (generic), Galaxie
B = Bronco (1970-73), Maverick (1975-77), Fairmont (1978-83)
C = Remanufactured parts (1966-75), Elite (1975), Capri (1979-up)
D = Falcon (1960-69), Maverick (1970-74), Granada (1975-82), LTD (1983-up)
E = Truck (Cab over Engine 1970-73), Pinto (1976-80), Escort (1981-up), Explorer
F = Outside (Foreign) sales, Trans Am Racing
G = Comet (1961-67), Montego (1968-76), EXP (1982-up)
H = Holman/Moody Hi-Po Parts, Heavy-duty truck (1966-82), Medium-duty truck (1983-up)
I = N/A
J = Industrial
K = Edsel (1958-60), Tilt-Cab Trucks (1970-73), Comet (1975-77), Zephyr (1978-83), Marquis (1983-up)
L = Lincoln
M = Mercury
N = Tractor
O = Fairlane, Torino (1969-76), LTD II (1977-79), LN7 (1982-83)
P = Autolite/Motorcraft
Q = N/A
R = Rotunda Brand (Generic), Ford of Europe (1970-up)
S = Thunderbird
T = Light-duty and Medium-duty truck (1966-82), Bronco (1966-82, except 1970-73), Light-duty truck and Bronco I (1983-up)
U = Econoline/Club Wagon Van
V = Continental (1961-81)
W = Cougar (1967-up, except 1981-82), XR7 (1981-82)
X = Trucks (short highway 1970-73)
Y = Meteor (Canada 1962-72), Bobcat (1975-80), Lynx (1981-up)
Z = Mustang
1 = N/A
2 = Pinto (1972-75)
3 = Tempo (1984-up)
4 = Comet (1971-74), Monarch (1975-80), Cougar (1981-82), Marquis (1983-up)
5 = Recreational Vehicles, Continental (1982-up)
6 = Pantera (1971-75), Topaz (1984-up)
7 = Courier (1971-82), Ranger/Bronco II (1983-up), Explorer (1991-up)
8 = Ford Capri (US designed parts, 1972-75)
9 = Turbine engine parts (1970-75)

The fourth character indicates the following Ford Design Engineering/Division Offices:

A = Light Truck Engineering
B = Body and Electrical
C = Chassis
D = Overseas Products
E = Engine
F = General Parts/Electrical and Electronics
G = N/A
H = Climate Control (1972-up)
I = N/A
J = Autolite/Ford Service Parts
K = N/A
L = Industrial Engine Service Parts
M = Special Vehicle Operations, Ford Racing Performance Parts, Holman/Moody
N = Tractor Parts, Diversified Products Operations
O = N/A
P = Automatic Transmissions
Q = N/A
R = Manual Transmissions
S = Light and Heavy Truck Special Order Parts
T = Heavy Truck Engineering
U = Special Vehicles Operations
V = Vehicle Special Ordering and Engineering Section
W = Axle and Driveshaft
X = Emissions, Economy and Special Vehicle Engineering (Muscle Car Parts)
Y = Lincoln/Mercury Service Parts
Z = Ford Service Parts

Basic Part Numbers (general range)

Regular (except interior or trim):
1000-1250 = Wheels, hubs, drums
1350-1499 = Spare wheel
2001-2285 = Brakes (service)
2307-2438 = Brakes (power)
2442-2482 = Brake controls
2505-2900 = Brakes (parking)
3000-3359 = Front suspension and steering linkage
3500-3764 = Steering gear
4000-4296 = Rear axle
4600-4859 = Drive shaft
5000-5176 = Frame
5200-5299 = Muffler and exhaust pipe
5300-5499 = Front spring and stabilizer
5550-5832 = Rear spring
6000-6898 = Engine
6905-6968 = Transmission overdrive and engine steady rest
7000-7997 = Transmission (Automatic or Manual) and Clutch
8000-8499 = Radiator and grille
8500-8689 = Water pump and fan
9002-9296 = Fuel tank
9301-9420 = Fuel pump
9421-9499 = Manifolds, clamps, etc.
9500-9599 = Carburetor
9600-9699 = Air cleaner
9700-9999 = Accelerator and choke control rods
10000-10449 = Generator and alternator
10500-10653 = Voltage regulator
10654-10756 = Battery
10838-10990 = Instruments
11000-11382 = Starter motor
11450-11688 = Lighting and ignition switch
12000-12390 = Ignition coil, distributor, condenser
12402-12425 = Spark plugs
13002-13248 = Lamps (head and parking)
13402-13796 = Lamps (rear)
13809-13853 = Lamps (license and pillar) and horn
14197-14689 = Wiring
15000-15858 = Miscellaneous accessories
16000-16550 = Front fender
16600-16999 = Hood
17005-17125 = Tools
17248-17383 = Speedometer and tachometer
17402-17666 = Windshield wiper and washer
17700-17730 = Mirror
17736-17999 = Bumper
18000-18125 = Shock absorber
18148-18249 = Comfort/convenience accessories
18250-18699 = Heater
18800 = Radio and antenna
18900 = Speakers and radio accessories
19000 = Gasoline
19100 = Fire extinguishers
19500-19585 = Custom accessories; appearance and maintenance materials
19600-19980 = Air conditioner

Interior and trim basic part numbers use seven digits; the first two identify the basic bodystyle (i.e. 61), with the last five identifying the specific part within a general body area.

Interior or trim:
01000 = Instrument Panel Area (Lower)
02000 = Windlace
03000 = Windshield
04000 = Instrument Panel (Upper) and Visor Area
06000 = Glove Compartment
10000-12000 = Floor (Exterior)
13000 = Floor (Interior)
20000-27600 = Doors
27700-30000 = Quarter Panel/Quarter Window
40000-49999 = Hood, Rear Window, Trunk and Rear Valence
50000-59999 = Top and Roof
60000-69999 = Seats

Subassembly parts or accessory kits may add an additional letter (starting with A, then B, then C, etc.) following the Hundreds digit (interior and trim) or Thousands digit (non-interior or trim) in the basic part number.

Example: E1ZB-660045C90-B ('81 Mustang Turbo instrument cluster overlay subassembly)

Suffix

Single letter indicates specific application. Increases alphabetically (A, B, C, etc.) for each minor revision (same prefix and basic part number) and then double letters (AA, AB, AC, etc.) when all single letters are used.

Three-letter code usually indicates color.
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